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Tesla working with AMD to develop AI chips for Autonomous Cars

22 September 2017

As Tesla pushes towards its goal of building a self-driving auto, it has emerged that the on-board artificial intelligence chip is being built upon AMD intellectual property, this is according to a source close to the project.

According to commentators, the effort aligns with Tesla's push to be vertically integrated and cut reliance on other companies.

Steves also doesn't think that the AMD-Tesla chip will even replace Nvidia at Tesla. The company is aiming to create vehicles that are truly autonomous, and building their own chips will give Tesla more control over the direction that development takes and complete ownership of the resulting technology.

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Furthermore, Sanjay Jha, CEO of GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor foundry, listed Tesla as an example of a company working with chip fabricators.

AI is a big topic at the moment and one Tesla found Elon Musk has certainly been vocal about in recent weeks.

AMD shares were up 2.2 percent in extended trading.

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A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment about the AMD collab when reached by Mashable via email, while a spokesperson on behalf of Global Foundries told us that Jha's comments about Tesla were "not reported accurately".

According to CNBC, the first implementation of Tesla's in-house AI processor to be used in self-driving has already made with the help of AMD's manufacturing and intellectual property.

More than 50 people are working on the project under Jim Keller, a longtime chip architect and the head of Autopilot hardware and software of Tesla, according to the report. Keller previously worked at AMD and Apple, particularly on the latter's A4 and A5 chips. Tesla has brought on several AMD veterans after hiring Keller, including director Ganesh Venkataramanan, principal hardware engineer Bill McGee and system circuit design lead Dan Bailey. As it seems now, they have partnered up with AMD to do so.

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Tesla working with AMD to develop AI chips for Autonomous Cars